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Shelter in Place Order
The “Stay-at-Home” order went into effect at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 24 and will remain in place until April 8, unless otherwise amended. This is a critical intervention to help reduce and minimize the spread of coronavirus in New Mexico.
What does this mean? Well, New Mexico citizens are being asked to stay at home, leaving only when it is absolutely necessary for their health, safety, or welfare. That means only go to the grocery store or pharmacy when you need to go. All non-essential businesses will be closed, including Malls, indoor shopping malls, flea markets, theaters, movie theaters, recreational facilities, health clubs, resort spas, hair and nail salons, bars, nightclubs, gyms, fitness studios, Dine-in restaurants, entertainment venues, casinos, tribal casinos, horse racing facilities and convention centers. Restaurants, bars, breweries, eateries, and other food establishments are closed for in-person dining. Call in an order for pick-up or home delivery.
If your employer has asked you to come to work at a “non-essential business,” you can report them for non-compliance at (833) 551-0518.
Child care facilities necessary to provide services to people that work in essential businesses and nonprofit entities can continue to operate. Child care services are also available to serve families with young children when parents are involved with protective services, behavioral health and/or juvenile justice services. However, child care facilities that remain open must have heightened cleaning and social distancing requirements. Programs proving grab and go meals and instructional materials for students are still open as well.
Residents are allowed to go outside to hike or walk; however, we are being asked to maintain a distance of 6-feet and to gather in groups of 5 or less. Postal service, delivery, and veterinary services will remain open.
Non-essential medical care, like eye exams and dental should be postponed. Visitation is limited in hospitals, nursing homes, etc.
Essential Businesses (May change, will update as needed)
Health care operations
Hospitals, walk-in-care health facilities, emergency veterinary and livestock services, pharmacies, medical wholesale and distribution, home health care workers or aides for the elderly, emergency dental facilities, nursing homes, residential health care facilities, research facilities, congregate care facilities, intermediate care facilities for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities, supportive living homes, home health care providers, and medical supplies and equipment manufacturers and providers.
Shelters, food banks, and other services providing care to indigent or needy populations.
Childcare facilities necessary to provide services to those workers employed by essential businesses and essential non-profit entities.
Grocery stores, all food and beverage stores, supermarkets, food banks, farmers’ markets and vendors who sell food, convenience stores, and other businesses that generate the majority of their revenue from the sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet food, feed, and other animal supply stores, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products.
Farms, ranches, and other food cultivation, processing, or packaging operations.
All facilities used by law enforcement personnel, firefighters, emergency management personnel, dispatch operators, and court personnel.
Operations including, but not limited to, public works construction; commercial and residential facility construction and maintenance; airport operations; public transportation; airlines; taxis; private transportation providers; water, sewer, trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal; gas; electrical; oil drilling; oil refining; natural resources extraction or mining operations; nuclear material research and enrichment; those attendant to the repair and construction of roads and highways; solid waste collection and removal; processing and disposal; data and internet providers; data centers; and telecommunications systems.
Manufacturing operations involved in food processing, manufacturing agents, chemicals, fertilizer, pharmaceuticals, sanitary products, household paper products, telecommunications, microelectronics/semi-conductor, primary metals manufacturers, machinery manufacturers, electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturers, and transportation equipment manufacturers.
Services critical to maintain safety and sanitation of residences or essential businesses, including security services, custodial services, plumbers, electricians, and other skilled trades. Utilities, including their contractors and suppliers, engaged in power generation, fuel supply and transmission, water and wastewater supply. Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes. Laboratories and defense and national security-related operations supporting the United States government or a contractor to the United States government. Funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries.
Media services including television, radio, and newspaper operations. Gas stations, automobile repair facilities, and retailers who generate the majority of their revenue from the sale of automobile repair products. Hardware stores, laundromats and dry cleaner services. Banks, credit unions, insurance providers, payroll services, brokerage services, and investment management firms. Additionally, real estate services remain open, including brokers, title companies, and related services.
Restaurants, bars, breweries, eateries, and other food establishments are closed for in-person dining. However, restaurants will still be allowed to do pickup and delivery options.
All state parks are temporarily closed to the public as a public health precaution due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus). These closures are part of the larger effort by state government to minimize public exposure. The closures will remain in effect until April 10, unless an extension of closures are deemed necessary. Visit New Mexico State Parks for more information.
All state-operated museums and historic sites are temporarily closed to the public as a public health precaution due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus). These closures are part of the larger effort by state government to minimize public exposure. Visit www.newmexicoculture.org for updates and to explore online resources and collections. The closures will remain in effect until April 10, unless an extension of closures are deemed necessary.
The New Mexico Health Secretary has issued a public health order temporarily prohibiting all mass gatherings (gatherings of more than 10 people). Click here for more information on this directive.
Restaurants and bars are closed to dine-in service. Food establishments may continue to provide service through take-out or delivery service only. This directive is to remain in effect until April 10, unless an extension is deemed necessary. Click here for more information.
Hotels, resorts, and other lodging establishments must operate at 50% maximum occupancy to minimize community spread. Additional procedures and protocols have been implemented for guest safety. Click here for more information.
- NM DOH COVID-19 hotline: 1-855-600-3453.
- For information on childcare, loss of income, supplies, food – 1-833-551-0518
- State Department of Aging – 1-800-432-2080
- Resources for Seniors
- School Meals
- New Mexico Out of School Time | Educational Resources
- New Mexico Department of Health
- Announcement: emergency economic relief program
- COVID-19 relief program for New Mexico businesses
- Prevention and Preparedness Resources
- New Mexico Public Education
- Testing & travel guidelines for NM